Kohima: As COVID-19 cases in Nagaland continue to increase, churches in the state have come out to support the state government in the battle against COVID-19 in various ways. On Tuesday, the Catholic Church in Sechü Zubza provided its school to the District Task Force as COVID-19 care centre (CCC).
The District Public Relation Officer (DPRO) informed that Fr Nellisseril Joseph, Rector and Parish Priest of St Maria Goretti Church, Sechu Zubza, has “unconditionally offered” the Don Bosco School in Zubza to the Kohima District Task Force (DTF) for setting up of CCC for the people of Sechu Zubza sub-division.
The offer was made to the DTF Kohima through the SDO (C) Sechu Zubza, Tiayanger Jamir in the presence of Medical Officer Sechu Zubza, village authorities of Sechu Zubza and NGOs.
The school building can accommodate 40 beds — 20 for men and 20 for women — along with in-house facilities for doctors and nurses round-the-clock.
The SDO(C) expressed gratitude to the Catholics for their service towards humanity not only in normal times but also amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Setting up of CCCs in the rural areas is contemplated by the Government in the worst-case scenario.
The officer informed that the government high school in Zubza will be converted as a quarantine facility for healthcare workers and frontline workers in due course of time. He appealed to all people of Western Angami areas to come together in prayer as well as in deeds to collectively fight the disease as responsible citizens.
Village authorities and NGOs of Sechu Zubza expressed their gratitude to the Parish Priest.
Recently, the Dimapur Christian Fellowship, Darogapathar also provided its church to be used as a Quarantine facility for frontline workers, besides offering to provide food and other requirements.